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Minor raped and murdered after facebook contact

October 31, 2009 ·  By ROBIN PERRIE

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By ROBIN PERRIE, 31 October 2009

THE distraught mum of tragic Ashleigh Hall yesterday blasted Facebook for failing to prevent perverts using the site.

Andrea Hall wept as she urged bosses to take action to stop predatory sex fiends trawling for victims.

Ashleigh, 17, was allegedly lured to her death after meeting sex offender Peter Chapman online.

The 32-year-old is believed to have tricked her into thinking he was 17.

After Ashleigh disappeared Andrea checked her Facebook page and found she was friends with “a lad” not linked to any other pals.

Andrea, 39, said: “It is time somebody introduced controls which stop people putting up false information.The people who run Facebook have a responsibility.”

Child protection expert Mark Williams-Thomas said: “This is a huge concern. Sites need to acknowledge there is a problem with paedophiles creating false profiles.”

Facebook and Twitter are the only major social networking sites which are not members of the Internet Watch Foundation.

It attempts to police the web and monitors content it considers dangerous.

The Sun told last week how Twitter had refused to censor child porn on its site.

A Facebook spokesman yesterday urged “extreme caution” when users are contacted by strangers.

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